Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data. Card, Orson Scott. Characters and viewpoint / Orson Scott Card, p. cm. Includes index. ISBN 0- Review of Characters & Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card, Femine Wiles by Donna Elizabeth Boetig and ou Can Write Greeting Cards by Karen Ann Moore. Award-winning auther Orson Card explains in depth the techniques of inventing, developing and presenting characters, plus handling viewpoints in Orson Scott Card writes imaginative and compelling novels that also.

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While this book is not written for the casual reader, it will occupy a space on my bookshelf within easy reach for all the times I’ll need to viewpoiint to it in the future. Incredible resource for fiction writers.

Featuring quality instruction from award-winning authors, each book focuses on a key facet of fiction writing, making it easy for writers to find the specific guidance they’re looking for This is a book that helps you with that. The first and shortest section is about coming up with characters, what makes a character, how to name charxcters.

Not all of his tips will work in every situation, but he shows how certain stakes are more likely to be believed than others, and what may cause a reader to feel the most concerned for a character–especially when you already know that a certain character isn’t going to die, and what else could happen to them.

Characyers anchored on the first four chapters, I kept finding myself thinkin For turning out to be possibly my favorite writing craft book ever, this one started off a bit slow to me. It is most certainly a reflection of the author’s own understanding of the inner workings of himself and the people around him.


Viewpoitn, some of the dated examples can’t be helped, given that over time, characgers do become outdated.

There is also an explanation of a hierarchy of characters, from major to minor and placeholder characters, and how subverting a stereotype can make a character more interesting.

Aug 13, Ruth Jacobs rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Card was born in Washington and grew up in California, Arizona, and Utah.

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Refresh and try again. He seems to be particularly biased on the topic, however his dislike of present tenseeven while admitting that there are reasons to use the other options. Some are written by academics and you need to be one to understand them. Others are written by authors who use them as a means of self-aggrandizement constantly quoting examples from their own work. While fascinating, I think a lot of the points he makes in this section are very dependent on the audience, as I felt opposite about several of the examples he tried to make.

– Characters and Viewpoint (Elements of Fiction Writing) by Orson Scott Card

An important component of the author’s analysis in this section is his contention that at the beginning of every narrative, a writer establishes a contract with the reader to answer the questions posed by the narrative, and to write in a fiewpoint style and from a consistent point of view. Card begins with orosn on inventing characters, where they come from, potential audience, and choosing names. This books shows you how to create believable characters with fantastic qualities and human flaws and how to ask for the best story from each of those characters.

Didn’t find what you’re looking for? It explains how characters can come from people you know, your memories or yourself and so on, how to formulate a character with things like habits, patterns, abilities, feature and so on, and even talks about character names. Mar 05, John rated it really liked it Shelves: May 28, Chris Bauer rated it it was amazing.


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This study guide contains the following sections: I really felt like I hadn’t solidified those characters and Annd turned to this book to help. The author shows how to put original yet realistic people into fiction.

Some wear, some pages dog-eared. It was fine, well-written, and useful, and you couldn’t have a book about characters without these issues, but I chaarcters see a ton that was really new to me. Extraordinary characters can make even the simpliest of ideas blossom into something beautiful.

But they quickly lose interest unless this particular character is somehow out of the ordinary. I’d viwwpoint stop again to mark this and write notes in my WIP. The author draws his book to a conclusion by suggesting that the possibilities for creating, defining and utilizing characters in a narrative situation are almost infinite.

Characters and Viewpoint Summary & Study Guide

The brief chapters here discuss the tense the story is told in, dramatic vs. He then goes into a detailed analysis complete with illustrations taken from both fictional and dramatic writing of various techniques for developing effective and engaging characters.

Covers topics like sources for characters, how to develop the original notion, the differences between serious and comic characterization, how to engage sympathy, the carf between bit and minor and major characters, where you exactly want to stereotype your character when he’s actually so bit that he’s sceneryattitude, points of view, and more.

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